Months of construction and years of planning came to an end as Waxahachie Police officers moved into their new home on Farley Street on last week.
A formal dedication of the building is set for Saturday, Aug. 25.
The new station is about 35,000 square feet and will allow the department space to grow for the next 20 years. The cost of the project is estimated at $15 million.
The building features a briefing room, report-writing area for officers, and a crime scene processing area — all areas of which the department did not have at the station on College Street, which previously served as a car dealership.
Waxahachie Police Chief Wade Goolsby stated the new station provides the department with a firm foundation to grow for the future.
“I am just proud that I have been able to be a part of it going from the planning stage to the move in stage,” said Goolsby about one month before the department moved into the new facility Aug. 9. “Looking at it now you can see that this is our vision. It has turned out the way we wanted it.”
Before moving out of the old station on College Street, the department had to securely pack and transport files, computers, and personal possessions. However, the most complicated part of the move was the relocation of the department’s dispatch center.
“Obviously a 9-1-1 center is not easy to move," Goolsby said. "So we (had) multiple vendors lined up and scheduled."
The move of the dispatch center required the department to continue running the existing center while the new center was set up. Once the new center was up and running, and no technical issues remained, the switch to the new system was made. The existing center was then shut down, and its equipment moved to the new station.
The other complicated part of the move was moving items from the department’s property and evidence storage area.
Goolsby explained the property room technician oversaw the move of the items from the College Street station to a storage pod, which kept the evidence’s chain of custody intact. After the pod was packed, it was locked, sealed, and transported over to the new station. The process was then reversed as items were moved into the building.
The grand opening of the station will take place from 9 -11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 and begins with a ceremony to dedicated the new building. The public will then be allowed to tour the facility. Police officers will be on hand to act as guides explaining the various features of the station and what each space is used for in the department’s operations. Some of the areas of the building include the dispatch center, criminal investigations division, the property and evidence room, and evidence processing.
“I hope that the community will come out and join us in our celebration. It is truly an important day in the history of the police department,” Goolsby said. “You probably do this only once in your career if at all. So it is kind of a big day and we are going to enjoy it.”
The new station is located at 630 Farley Street in Waxahachie. For more information about the dedication, the department can be reached at 469-309-4400.